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Benjamin Franklin



    In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

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    In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.

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    The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

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    Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

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    He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.

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    Lost time is never found again.

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    Time is money.

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    You may delay, but time will not.

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    The doors of wisdom are never shut.

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    There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

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    Beauty and folly are old companions.

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    I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.

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    Beware the hobby that eats.

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    Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

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    A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

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    He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

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    There was never a good war, or a bad peace.

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    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late

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    Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

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    To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

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    Education begins with life.

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    Our whole life is but a greater and longer childhood

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    Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough

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    Lovers, Travellers, and Poets, will give money to be heard

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    Humility makes great men twice honorable

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    If you were a servant, would you not be ashamed that a good master should catch you idle? Are you then your own master? Be ashamed to catch yourself idle, when there is much to be done for yourself, your family, your relations, and your country

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    The Family of Fools is ancient

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    He that would live in peace and at ease, Must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees

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    The nearest I can make it out, "Love your Enemies" means, "Hate your Friends"

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    Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the be

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    For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.

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    He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stands a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure, too.

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    Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

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    Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

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    Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.

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    What vast additions to the conveniences and comforts of living might mankind have acquired, if the money spent in wars had been employed in works of public utility; what an extension of agriculture even to the tops of our mountains; what rivers rendered navigable, or joined by canals; what bridges, aqueducts, new roads, and other public works, edifices, and improvements might not have been obtained by spending those millions in doing good, which in the last war have been spent in doing mischief.

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    Money & Man a mutual Friendship show: Man makes false Money, Money makes Man so.

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    When a man and a woman die, as poets sung, His heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue

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    There is much money given to be laught at, though the purchasers don't know it; witness A's fine horse, and B's fine house

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    Yet, in buying Goods, 'tis best to pay ready Money, because,

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    If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a- borrowing goes a-sorrowing

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    If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing

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    We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately.

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    Constant dropping wears away stones

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    So much for industry, my friends, and attention to one's own business; but to these we must add frugality if we would make our industry more certainly successful. A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die not worth a grout at last.

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    Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.

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    Nothing in life is certain except death and taxes

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    Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

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    Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.

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    When Death puts out our Flame, the Snuff will tell,/ If we were Wax, or Tallow by the Smell./ At a great Pennyworth, pause a while.

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    Love well, whip well

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    Old Hob was lately married in the Night, What needed Day, his fair young Wife is light.

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    Marry your Daughter and eat fresh Fish betimes.

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    Wife from thy Spouse each blemish hide More than from all the World beside: Let DECENCY be all thy Pride.

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    The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Common-wealths. Almost all Governments have therefore made it a principal Object of their Attention, to establish and endow with proper Revenues, such Seminaries of Learning, as might supply the succeeding Age with Men qualified to serve the Publick with Honour to themselves, and to their Country.

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    To all apparent Beauties blind. Each Blemish strikes an envious Mind.

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    Men and Melons are hard to know.

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    The key to a healthy marriage is to keep your eyes wide open before you wed and half-closed thereafter.

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    He that drinks fast pays slow

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    Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

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    Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage

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    Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75.

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    The generous Mind least regards money, and yet most feels the Want of it.

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    The school looks very good. The uniforms are a good thing. It will be easy for my wife. She won't have to fight about clothes.

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    The good or ill hap of a good or ill life, is the good or ill choice of a good or ill wife.

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    Can grave and formal pass for wise, When Men the solemn Owl despise?

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    Men take more pains to mask than to mend.

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    It is remarkable that soldiers by profession, men truly and unquestionably brave, seldom advise war but in cases of extreme necessity.

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    It is foolish to lay out money for the purchase of repentance

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    The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.

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    Good wives and good plantations are made by good husbands

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    I know not which lives more unnatural lives, Obeying husbands, or commanding wives

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    If you wou'd be reveng'd of your enemy, govern your self

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    If you would be revenged of your enemy, govern yourself.

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    If what most men admire, they would despise, 'Twould look as if mankind were growing wise

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    If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

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    When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.

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    Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults

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    He that lives well, is learned enough

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    Would you live with ease, Do what you ought, and not what you please

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    He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be rich

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    Strange, that he who lives by Shifts, can seldom shift himself.

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    Three good meals a day is bad living.

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    If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some

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    If you want a neat wife, choose her on a Saturday

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    Tell a miser he's rich, and a woman she's old, you'll get no money of one, nor kindness of t'other

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    Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.

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    Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.

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    Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

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    He that lives upon Hope, dies fasting

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    If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

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    Money makes money, and the money that money makes, makes more money.

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